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“Step into Stability” Fitness on the Square – Saturday, June 17th

Join the fun at “Step Into Stability” Fitness on the Square on Saturday, June 17th .  Included will be: a 5K Run/Walk (Sponsored by Franciscan Health, Ann Jackson Home Team, and Bryan Jackson with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance), Pickleball Tournament (sponsored by Boys & Collins Financial Group, Agresta, Storms & O’Leary, and MCSAC – Join the Majority), REP’s Strongman Lifting Competition, (18 and older), along with 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament (16 and under) sponsored by Super Sports.

In addition, there will be numerous fitness classes on the courthouse square, for all ages and fitness levels.  Mayor Kohl will lead “Fitness with the Mayor”.  Also included will be High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Zumba plus 4 Square and an obstacle course for kids.  All fitness classes will be free to the public. A special lifting competition will feature the Police Department VS Fire Department.  Spectators can donate to the department they think is mostly likely to win. All proceeds from “Step Into Stability” will benefit Stability First. Stability First is a non-profit organization established to address multiple issues associated with the alleviation of poverty. It deals with transitional housing as well as a circle of services geared toward assisting low income families in increasing their financial stability and self-sufficiency.  Come for a day of healthy fun and help those in need “Step Into Stability”.  Register for the 5K and other competitions at:

INDOT Begins Survey Work along I-69 Section 6 Corridor Survey crews will be out throughout spring, summer

INDIANAPOLIS (DATE) – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is surveying State Road 37 between State Road 39 to I-465 in preparation of establishing the footprint of I-69 Section 6.

INDOT will be conducting survey work near or on properties along the preferred alternative, and property owners impacted will be notified by letter this month. The letters will be marked Notice of Survey. Surveyors are using advance signage in work areas, wearing reflective vests, and using vehicles with safety lights.

This is the normal process to help INDOT further refine and analyze SR 37 as the preferred alternative for I-69 Section 6. INDOT anticipates a Record of Decision and the Final Environmental Impact Statement from Federal Highway Administration in the first quarter of 2018.

John R. Wooden Middle School Careers Students Tour Mt. Olive Manufacturing

Tony Langley, Business Manager addresses the students

Last week, 33 students from the John R. Wooden Middle School Careers Class toured Mt. Olive Manufacturing, in Mooresville, for a behind-the-scenes look at local production jobs in our area.

The tour was arranged through a partnership between the Careers Class, led by teacher Terry Boesch, and the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, whose president, Jamie Taylor, joined the tour through Mt. Olive.

The tour included insights into operations, research, quality & testing, plus sales and inventory. Students were told that many local production jobs are available to those who develop a skill. Students asked many questions of their tour guides, including how to do research on new products, how to test quality, and how to work for the company after they graduate high school.

According to Ms. Taylor of the Chamber, “Mt. Olive officials were very impressed by the questions these students asked, and were totally (and pleasantly) surprised that the students were shaking hands and introducing themselves to the leadership.”

The tour was also chaperoned by Mr. Scott Craig, a Systems & Program Development Engineer at Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, whose daughter, Shelby, is in the Careers Class and attended this tour. Mr. Craig shared with students his own work, helping to design aircraft engines for Rolls-Royce.

This tour is the second Factory Opportunity Tour organized this year by John R. Wooden Middle School and the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce. The first tour was to Overton Industries, also of Mooresville, held earlier this school year, with approximately 30 different students attending that tour.

View more photos of tour





8:00 am – 1:00 pm (rain or shine)


Businesses are not included (due to the volume of material); they may call NuGenesis at 800-487-1010 to make other arrangements.

ENTER event at Northwood Elementary School entrance, just North of high school on Indiana Street.

What you can dispose of for free:  Prescription Medications & Sharps, Oil fuels, Antifreeze, Motor Oil/Filters, Adhesives, Driveway Sealers, Stain, Pesticides, Herbicides, Fertilizers, Pool Chemicals, Varnish, Auto Batteries, Paint Thinners/Removers, Computers, Monitors, CPU’s, Keyboards, Printers, Fluorescent Tubes/PCB, Ballasts, Acids & Bases, Household Cleaning Agents, Oil Base Paints, Rechargeable Batteries and Weed Killers.  Paper Shredding available @ $5.00 per box–or more–as donations for school supplies to benefit students in need.

We also accept all appliances (CFC & non-CFC) for free:  Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Stoves, Washers, Dryers, Water Heaters, Microwaves, Humidifiers, and De-Humidifiers. FEES for TELEVISIONS:  $10.00 each

FEES for TIRES are as follows:

          Car/Light Truck Tires:  First 6 free——$2.00 per each additional tire (12 max)

          Heavy/Truck Tires:       First 2 free——$5.00 per each additional tire (6 max)

          Farm Tractor Tires (54” diameter & greater):  intact, $75.00 each; If fully

          Quartered (No Halves & No Thirds): first two quartered tires for free;

          $15.00 for each additional quartered tire (6 max)

          Tires on Rims:  ——————- additional $1.00 each

WE WILL NOT ACCEPT:  Asbestos, Lab Chemicals, Large Propane Tanks, Explosives, Ammunition or Firearms, Medical or Infectious Waste, Radioactive Materials.


Conducted by:

Morgan County Solid Waste Management District; 765-342-2533

With the support of:

The Morgan County Partnership for Water Quality,

The Indiana American Water Co. and

The Healthier Morgan County Initiative

2017 Festival and Event Grants Awarded to 5 Area Events

Approximately $4,500 in grant funds awarded to events in 2017
Martinsville, Ind. – Visit Morgan County, the tourism office for Morgan County, is pleased to announce that their Festival and Event Grant Program has awarded funds to five Morgan County events for the 2017 funding cycle.
All events that take place in Morgan County and have the potential to bring visitors into the county are eligible for the funds and were encouraged to submit grant proposals by the April 1st deadline. This year’s grant cycle is for events that will take place between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
Visit Morgan County Executive Director Tosha Daugherty said “We were able to award funding to each organization that submitted a Festival and Event Grant application this year. Those events are a good mix of well-established events and newer events happening throughout the summer and fall. One is a brand-new event and one in its second year. We are thrilled to be supporting quality events for both visitors and residents to enjoy in Morgan County.”
Festival and Event Grant proposals were evaluated using scores tied to the application requirements and other criteria spelled out in the application information. Points were given to events that demonstrated an ability to draw visitors from outside the area, increase the length of visitor stay, generate economic impact for local businesses and project a positive image of Morgan County, among other factors.
Five events were awarded grant funds for upcoming events. They are listed below:
Anything on Wheels Car Show, Memorial Day                             $1,000
Artie Fest, July 7 & 8                                                                           $1,000
Old Town Waverly Park Festival, Sept. 23 & 24                            $1,000
Chili Cookoff & Chalk Art Festival, Sept. 30                                   $   500
Old Town Waverly Park Haunted Trail Hayride, Oct. 26-28      $1,000
Be sure to watch for these, and other upcoming festivals and events happening throughout Morgan County More information on events can be found at or on the Visit Morgan County Facebook page.
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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.
Organizations receiving grants in 2017 had this to say about the Visit Morgan County Festival and Event Grant Program:
“The Visit Morgan County Festival & Event Grant enabled the MHS class of ‘74’s Anything on Wheels car show to more than triple our attendance last year on Memorial Day. This allowed us to fund several additional worthy causes this past year. The class has volunteered many hours to our community, including landscape work downtown and at the John R Wooden middle school. This grant will allow us to continue helping those in need and assisting our community. This is one of those grants that have a strong ripple effect throughout Martinsville and all of Morgan County.” ~Kim Fishel, Anything on Wheels Car Show
“Artie Fest would sincerely like to express appreciation to Visit Morgan County for awarding Artie Fest the Visit Morgan County Festival & Event Grant for the amount sought.  New this year, Artie Fest will be providing an Inflatable Park, Rock Wall and Mini Golf in conjunction with Super Bounce Inflatables.  The awarded grant funds will enable Artie Fest to advertise outside the immediate area, bringing folks from both inside and outside the County to participate in our family-friendly festival, and enjoy both new activities and old either free or at a reasonably low cost to the public. Visit Morgan County consistently supports many of our local non-profit festivals and activities through both grants and diligent work.  They continue to be easy and very, very encouraging to work with.  Artie Fest always truly enjoys the opportunity to share with Visit Morgan County the ability to bring people to our community that have not had the chance to enjoy Hoosier Artesian Hospitality.”                            ~Becky Levell Cannon, Artie Fest

Coworking highlighted at April Luncheon

At their monthly luncheon, Chamber members and their guests enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Tomato Pie Pizza and learned about the ins and outs of coworking and the benefits of this relatively new phenomenon to our community and to our economy.
Although you are hearing more about coworking, it is still a relatively new concept in Morgan County, so we thought it would be a good idea to learn more about how it works and why it is important for our community to embrace coworking.  Martinsville is fortunate to have two coworking spaces up and running now:
  • The Source – downtown on the square, owned and operated by Daniel Elliott
  • Launch Martinsville – located in The Main Connection (former school admin building), partnership of Martinsville Chamber and Doug & Paula Molin of Molin Properties
Our presenters were familiar faces to us as they participated in our entrepreneurship panel last year.  Thank you to Jason Whitney, Program Manager for Launch Indiana at Launch Fishers, & Tyler Henke, Cofounder of Cowork Btown for giving so generously of their time to join us.
A special shout-out to our door prize donors: Berries & Ivy, Indiana Family Chiropractic Center, Morgan County Farmers’ Market, Showtime Cinema – Mooresville, The Sterling Butterfly, Tomato Pie Pizza Joint and Waldon IT Solutions.

Tyler Henke (left) – Co Founder of Cowork Btown Jason Whitney (right) – Program Manager for Launch Indiana at Launch Fishers

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The Main Connection celebrates grand opening with more than 225 in attendance

Thank you to the more than 200 people who came out to help all of us at The Main Connection celebrate our grand opening on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to see the synergy in the room as more and more folks came in to check out the transformation of this iconic school admin building to a dynamic business center for the whole community.  The Main Connection, redeveloped by Doug and Paula Molin of Molin Properties, is the new home to local businesses Agresta, Storms & O’Leary, Boys & Collins’ Financial Group, and Integrity Mortgage, along with the Martinsville Chamber and Visit Morgan County, the countywide tourism office.

The Chamber has also partnered with the Molins to offer cowork space, located in the center of the building.  A cowork space is a membership-based workspace used by a diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, start-ups and professionals working independently, but sharing equipment, ideas, and knowledge.  The goal of coworking is to create a community of bright, creative people, setting the stage for “serendipitous collisions” a term used often by John Wechsler, founder of Launch Fishers.

Vanessa & Tracy Scott enjoy coffee from JK’s @ The Main

JK’s @ The Main Coffee Bar, a satellite location of JK’s Cheescake and Coffee, also recently opened its doors inside The Main Connection and currently offers great coffees, teas, smoothies and other drinks, as well as assorted baked goods, between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm.  Hours will be expanded as demand warrants.

The conference room at The Main Connection has been named the Ruth Rusie Room, in honor of long time resident and dedicated volunteer, Ruth Rusie.









Learn more about The Main Connection and Launch Martinsville

View photos of grand opening

Martinsville Chamber proud partner in CoderDojo – coding club for middle schoolers

The Martinsville Chamber is a proud partner, with MSD of Martinsville, TechPoint Foundation for Youth and Eleven Fifty Academy, bringing #CoderDojo to Martinsville! #EFAImpact #GoCodeMartinsville. What a great time our middle schoolers had with “Spheros” at our January session!

  • CoderDojo at the CEC in Martinsville
  • Every 1st Tuesday of the month from 6-8 p.m.
  • Middle school age (students under 13 should bring an adult)
  • Bring your own laptop/tablet or register to borrow one
  • Spots are limited. So, register ASAP!

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs where students can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. There is a focus on peer learning, youth mentoring and self-led learning. CoderDojo Clubs aim to help young people realize that they can build a positive future through coding and community.

More photos from January session

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Posted by Sharon Shuler Goodin on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

So…kids from MSD of Martinsville are having a blast with Sphero during CoderDojo Indiana.

Posted by Sharon Shuler Goodin on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Posted by Sharon Shuler Goodin on Tuesday, January 3, 2017